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March 26, 2013

Pats down Jumpers 8-7

Somerset —  

Defensive errors and base running have been Somerset’s Achilles heel so far in the 2013 high school baseball season. 
In a 12th Region match-up with Lincoln County on Saturday afternoon at Charlie Taylor Field, those two facets of the game were what hurt the Briar Jumpers the most. In part to four errors and poor base running in the third and fourth innings, the visiting Lincoln County Patriots were able to down the Jumpers by a score of 8-7. 
“What killed us the most was the same thing that’s been biting us a lot so far this season, which is base running,” began Somerset head coach Phil Grundy. “We gave up two runs at the plate, whether they were safe or not - they should have stayed there. We didn’t play defense today, as we committed four errors. Right now, we’re averaging about five errors per game. If you make five errors a game, you can’t beat quality teams.”
Somerset opened the day with a 10-3 victory over the Eagles of Madison Southern on Saturday morning, but unfortunately for the Jumpers, they could not do the same in their second game of the afternoon.
“We came out and played good in the first game against Madison Southern,” told the veteran coach. “We put pressure on them and played defense well. We stole a lot of bases and hit the ball well. I was hoping we would come out in the second game and carry the momentum over from the first game. The first couple of innings, our batters got behind in the count and swung at bad pitches.”
Lincoln County would led by as much as four runs in the contest, but the Jumpers used a late-game surge to get the score to back within a lone run at 8-7. However, it would not be enough, as the loss moved Somerset’s record to an even .500 at 3-3.

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